Atletico Madrid’s success under Diego Simeone has been built on a solid defence, something Bayern Munich can expect to struggle against in their upcoming semi-final.
Only two teams have managed to score past Atleti in this season’s Champions League, Barcelona and Benfica, conceding five goals in ten matches overall.
This ability to shut teams out is further shown in La Liga, with the Colchoneros letting in just 16 strikes across 35 games.
Bayern Munich clearly have strong attacking talents, finding the net 28 times in their ten European outings, while they’ve notched 74 in 31 Bundesliga matches.
However, the near-invincibility of Atletico’s defence suggests they will be able to deal with their German opponents and backing the Spaniards to win to nil is priced at 9/4.
Indeed, the performances the Rojiblancos have put up against a Barcelona side that rose to greatness under Bayern manager Pep Guardiola show how they can fare against a team that is set up in the way the Spanish manager likes to operate.
In the home leg of their Champions League quarter final with the La Liga champions, Atleti were able to keep a clean sheet despite allowing the visitors to have 77% possession.
Furthermore, the two goals they conceded in the first leg came when they were a man light after Fernando Torres was sent off in controversial fashion.
Conversely, their upcoming German opponents have a somewhat leaky rearguard, especially when playing in Europe.
Guardiola’s side have let in two goals in three of their last four outings in the Champions League and have let in nine in their five away games over the course of the competition.
Clearly, Atleti have much more defensive strength than their Bundesliga counterparts and this should be enough to put them in a good position ahead of their trip to the Allianz Arena for the second leg.